Nanomedical Cancer Innovations
Nanoparticle treatments could prove a powerful new force against cancer
Radiation treatments also cause a chemical reaction that transforms water in the body into a more toxic element called hydroxyl (OH). It is well known that OH is responsible for about 70% of DNA damage, and hence cancer cell death, in conventional radiotherapy. The addition of nanoparticles could potentially increase the amount of OH produced in a localised area, increasing the effectiveness of the radiation.
And so Fred moved from studying fundamental physics to researching novel cancer treatments. “The science I was doing before was important and fascinating, but I suppose I just began to feel a sense of urgency with these issues. The skill set I’d developed from fundamental physics gave me a really useful perspective, and I think it’s helped me to push forward some important discoveries about the way nanoparticles behave at the atomic level, and how we can harness that behaviour as a cancer therapy.”
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